Depression

Depression is a psychological illness on which a person, constant feelings of sadness, irritability, or tension, crying spells. Decreased interest or pleasure in usual activities or hobbies. Loss of energy, feeling tired despite lack of activity A change in appetite, with significant weight loss or weight gain A change in sleeping patterns, such as difficulty sleeping, early morning awakening, or sleeping too much Feeling nervous or anxious, Restlessness, irritability or feeling slowed down.

Patient's in depression also have decreased ability to make decisions or concentrate, week memory Feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, or guilt Decreased libido Thoughts of suicide or death. Children with depression may also experience the classic symptoms but may exhibit other symptoms as well, including the following: poor school performance, persistent boredom frequent complaints of physical problems such as headaches and stomachaches, frequent crying, seeking alone, child expresses thoughts about hurting him or herself, or exhibits reckless or other harmful behavior etc. Teenager may show depression by taking more risks and/or showing less concern for their own safety. Examples of risk-taking behaviors include driving recklessly/at excessive speed, becoming intoxicated with alcohol or other drugs, especially in situations where they drive or may be in the presence of others who engage in risky behaviors; engaging in promiscuous or unprotected sex.

If these symptoms occur for at least 3-4 weeks, you should immediately consult a Mental health Professional.


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Evaluation is a mental health assessment, where a psychologist checks to see if you are experiencing a mental health problem.

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Psychological treatments (also known as talking therapies) can help you change your thinking patterns and improve your coping skills.

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